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What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

Difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.

Perhaps you're looking for help or support but not sure exactly what it is all about or how hypnotherapy works.

This article will help you with more of an understanding about hypnosis and hypnotherapy and why many people are choosing hypnotherapy to overcome their emotional and physical struggles and change destructive behaviours.

The difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy is that hypnosis is defined as a state of mind, while hypnotherapy is the name of the therapeutic modality in which hypnosis is used. In very simple terms, hypnosis can be described as the act of guiding someone into a hypnotic state of trance. Whereas hypnotherapy combines hypnosis with other powerful therapies.

A trained hypnotist uses hypnosis to help people with issues such as smoking cessation and weight management, but is not licensed to practice hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is practiced by a hypnotherapist who is a trained, licensed, and/or certified professional. Only a hypnotherapist may use hypnotherapy to work with such mental health concerns as anxiety, depression, phobias, eating disorders, and certain medical conditions.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is the act of guiding someone into a trance state. Different experts define the trance state differently, but they almost always refer to:

  • A deep state of relaxation.

  • Hyper-focus and concentration.

  • Increased suggestibility.

If that sounds commonplace, it’s because it is. Most of us go in and out of the trance state regularly. If you’ve ever zoned out on your daily drive or found yourself immersed in the world of a book or movie, you’ve been in the trance state.Hypnosis or trance can be described as those times when we all experience a natural shift in our conscious awareness.

During hypnosis sessions the trance state is brought about by guiding you into a relaxed state by asking you to think about or imagine certain things, as you relax in a comfortable chair or on a therapy couch. In this beneficial trance state, you remain fully in control and listen to positive suggestions and decide whether the information shared is useful, if not, you will simply not accept it.

All suggestions during hypnosis are made to help bring about positive changes by helping you change your thought patterns. You won't need to talk or reveal anything about yourself, in fact clients often comment about how 'ordinary' hypnosis feels like daydreaming. You can often hear everything that's being said whilst being in a deeply relaxed state.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy can help improve many conditions and symptoms that are often caused by or made worse by some level of stress and anxiety and is particularly helpful for habit breaking, stress-related issues and for a range of long-term conditions. Many people are now turning to hypnotherapy because it helps bring about lasting positive change. The most common reasons my clients seek out support is to relive anxiety, symptoms of depression as well as treating sleep problems, chronic pain, IBS etc. I also help many people overcome fears and phobias.

There are different types of hypnotherapy available and my approach is to utilise other powerful healing modalities such as Tapping and NLP to magnify the results for clients.

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